[Tagging] inuse, defacto

Friedrich Volkmann bsd at volki.at
Sat Apr 18 07:31:41 UTC 2015

>> On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 12:54 PM, Friedrich Volkmann <bsd at volki.at> wrote:
>>> I recently came across a never proposed tag with some 600 uses marked
>>> "de-facto". If that's the way to bypass the proposal process, I will
>>> never care about proposals any more.
> How do you know there was any intent to bypass the proposal process ?
> Tags can reach widespread use without ever having been discussed or
> documented.

There were no 600 uses when the page was created.

> Somebody documenting this in a "de-facto proposal" after
> the fact is a good thing.

Not when I had just started a topic called "Status" on the discussion page.
The user who changed the status to de-facto did not even reply to that topic.

And do you think that 600 is de-facto?

>>> I will set all the tags I invented to "inuse"
>>> as soon as I used them once, and to "defacto" as soon as I used them
>>> twice, because 2 uses are widespread compared to 1.
> There's obviously some threshold where it's reasonable. Don't mock
> using an extreme value, it just devaluates your good argument.

As a software developer, I use to consider extreme values. And being
somewhat into mathematics, I use to choose the easiest solution for given

So you find the "1" / "2" thresholds too low? That's something to start with.

So far we have 3 parameters: number of OSM objects, number of real-word
objects, number of users. Let's put them into a formula in order to enable
objective decisions and avoid edit wars.

Friedrich K. Volkmann       http://www.volki.at/
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